And Judah said, What shall we say to my lord? what shall we speak? or how shall we clear ourselves?…
I. IT WAS ABLE.
II. IT WAS NOBLE.
III. IT GAVE PROMISE OF FUTURE GREATNESS,
IV. IT SUGGESTS SOME FEATURES OF OUR LORD'S INTERCESSION FOR US.
V. IT SUGGESTS THE QUALITIES OF TRUE PRAYER. In true prayer the soul is stirred to its depths. "I would give very much," says Luther, "if I could pray to cur Lord God as well as Judah prays to Joseph here; for it is a perfect specimen of prayer — the true feeling there ought to be in prayer."
(T. H. Leale.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And Judah said, What shall we say unto my lord? what shall we speak? or how shall we clear ourselves? God hath found out the iniquity of thy servants: behold, we are my lord's servants, both we, and he also with whom the cup is found.
WEB: Judah said, "What will we tell my lord? What will we speak? Or how will we clear ourselves? God has found out the iniquity of your servants. Behold, we are my lord's bondservants, both we, and he also in whose hand the cup is found."